The Board of Education of the Brown County Kansas Special Education Interlocal No. 615 held its regular June meeting at 6 p.m. on June 18 at the Special Education Annex in Hiawatha.
President Jason Smith called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Those present included Director Becky Shamburg, USD 415 Superintendent Lonnie Moser and USD 415 board members: Jeff Brockhoff, Tom Simmer and John Wright, USD 430 board members: Jamie Bottom, Richard Lovelady and Jason Smith, Supervisor/Coordinator Carol Strecker and Board Clerk Amy Larson. Absent was USD 430 Superintendent Jason Cline.
Director Shamburg requested to table “Discussion for Para Supervisor Position” and add “Accept Retirement of Joyce Burnison with regrets” to the consent agenda. John Wright moved to approve the agenda with the changes. Richard Lovelady seconded and the motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
John Wright moved to approve the consent agenda; Richard Lovelady seconded and the motion passed 5-0. The consent agenda included — approval of May 7 regular board minutes, approval of June bills, accept treasurer’s report for June, accept resignation of Karyn Bartlett and Tori Mace and accept the retirement with regrets from Joyce Burnison.
Tom Simmer moved to pay the bills and close the books for 2018-2019. Richard Lovelady seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
Director Shamburg reviewed the 2019-2020 salary schedule placement. There was discussion that followed. John Wright moved to approve the 2019-2020 salary schedule placement. Tom Simmer seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
Carol Strecker asked for clarification on the snow day policy and whether the paras can use sick or personal leave for excess snow days. The board consensus was to discuss the snow day policy year to year but not to make changes in the para handbook. Wording changes in the para handbook were introduced by Carol Strecker. Jamie Bottom moved to approve the wording changes to the para handbook. Tom Simmer seconded and the motion passed 6-0.
Director Shamburg stated that she talked with the Medicaid auditor regarding the Interlocal’s IEPs. The medicaid auditor does not like the fact that the Interlocal’s IEPs have the word “Draft” at the top of the IEP. The IEP process includes review of the IEP with the parents, parent initials to changes within the IEP as well as signatures. After the IEP has been initialed and signed by the parents and appropriate personnel, the word “Draft” is struck through and the word “Adopted” with the date is written on the IEP. Other districts use the same process. Director Shamburg has received guidance from KSDE that this process is legal. This process has been explained to a liaison with KMAP as well. There was discussion that followed.
At 6:15 p.m., Richard Lovelady moved to go into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss employees per non-elected personnel exemption under KOMA, and negotiations as allowed per employee-employer negotiations under KOMA and reconvene at 6:25 p.m. Tom Simmer seconded and the motion passed with a vote of 6-0. The executive session was necessary to protect the privacy interests of the individual(s) to be discussed. Those present for executive session were Becky Shamburg, Carol Strecker, Lonnie Moser, Jamie Bottom, Jeff Brockhoff, Richard Lovelady, Tom Simmer, Jason Smith and John Wright. At 6:25 p.m., Richard Lovelady move to go into an additional executive session for 5 minutes. Those present for the executive session were Becky Shamburg, Carol Strecker, Lonnie Moser, Jamie Bottom, Jeff Brockhoff, Richard Lovelady, Tom Simmer, Jason Smith and John Wright. At 6:30 p.m., the board came out of executive session.
Jeff Brockhoff moved to hire Sheila Snodgrass as an IRC instructor. Richard Lovelady seconded and the motion passed 6-0. Jeff Brockhoff moved to hire Samantha Gordon and Nicole Harvey as paras. Richard Lovelady seconded and the motion passed 5-0 with John Wright casting the nay vote.
director Shamburg discussed with the board that state special education funding decreased at the end of the 2018-19 school year and will decrease again in the 2019-2020 school year. The reason for the decrease is the number of local education agencies in Kansas who waited until the last payment to correct their mistakes on the reporting system. There was much discussion that followed.
Jeff Brockhoff moved to reschedule the July board meeting to Tuesday, July 9. Tom Simmer seconded and the motion passed with a vote of 6-0.
Richard Lovelady moved to adjourn. Jamie Bottom seconded and the motion passed 6-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the BCK-SEI Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at the Special Education in Hiawatha.